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Times Square bomb plotter defiant as judge sends him to prison for life

A Pakistani immigrant who tried to set off a car bomb in New York was yesterday sentenced to life in prison by a judge who said she hopes he spends some of his time behind bars thinking "carefully about whether the Koran wants you to kill lots of people".

Times Square bomber gets life in jail

The failed Times Square car bomber was jailed for life today for trying to bring carnage to crowded central New York.

The hands that rocked the book world seek the fruits of success

It has helped a group of teenage actors become some of the hottest young stars in Hollywood, made a multi-millionaire of its author, and turned a small town near Seattle into one of America's hottest tourist destinations. Now the Twilight franchise is striking a blow for the fortunes of a cash-strapped New York hand model.

Tom Leighton's Photomontages, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London

There are worlds that exist outside our planetary system. We may never see them... unless they see us first. And there are other exotic constructions that are the creations of those gifted minds who write sci-fi novels. The photomontages of one young British photographer, Tom Leighton, fall into the latter set.

Microsoft Halo aims to reignite video game market

Microsoft is hoping to reverse the recent slump in video games and kickstart the holiday shopping season as it launches the latest version of its blockbuster Halo video game.

Muslims 'being turned into terrorists in jail'

Britain faces a "new wave" of home-grown terrorist attacks led by up to 800 Muslim ex-prisoners who have been radicalised by jihadists while serving their sentences, a think-tank has warned.

Off his trolley? Angry air steward slides to freedom

JetBlue may not be the "world's favourite airline", but its recently departed employee, Steven Slater, has surely just secured himself the status of being the world's favourite air steward.

From high school hero to jihadist targeting the US

Omar Hammami, who changed his name to Abu Mansour al-Amriki but is also known as "The American", is among 14 US citizens accused of crimes in a series of newly unsealed federal indictments

This is what happens when arts funding is outsourced

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to bring US-style arts philanthropy to Britain. If New York is anything to go by it would be a disaster, says Clemency Burton-Hill

The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick, By Elizabeth Hardwick

The earlier stories in this collection are wonderful. The power of them isn't evident in any one line but gathers slowly, often sneaking in under cover of irony. The characters – a mix of upper-class intellectuals and down-at-heel bohemians – might present well to each other, but Elizabeth Hardwick is not fooled. Concisely, and without sentiment, she shows the knife twisting in the heart of each tale, and forces her cast to confront it.

Times Square bomb suspect met Taliban leader

A video has emerged of the would-be Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, meeting the leader of the Pakistan Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud.

Paranoia and conspiracy in New York: Rubicon is the new 'Mad Men'

It has exposed Madison Avenue's dark, drunken soul and made unlikely heroes out of a teacher-turned-meth-dealer and his hapless sidekick. Now AMC, home to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, is hoping to turn us all into conspiracy nuts with its newest drama, the twisty, convoluted thriller Rubicon.

Out of the city: New York State's top ten attractions

So many visitors to New York never make it out of Manhattan, let alone out of the five boroughs of the city. While NYC is a vibrant and exciting place to visit, there is so much to see and do in New York State. So, for a taste of this country's real culture and beauty, spread your wings and take some time out from the bright lights.

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

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Evolution of swimwear

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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
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One man's day in high heels

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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Can meditation be bad for you?

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